Norths give Diggers a workout

DIGGERS extended their unbeaten Archem League season, but were made to work by a rejuvenated North Bundaberg.

While admitting his troops weren’t at their best, Diggers coach Nathan Darlington has tipped Norths to take a few scalps with them before the season comes to an end.

The cellar dwellers restricted the competition leaders to a 3-0 win and showed enough poise and skill to worry a team that has hardly required second gear all season.

“I’ve got to give them a lot of credit,” Darlington said.

“I said to their coach afterwards that they’ve got a good team there, they just need a bit of confidence.”

“But as a general performance it probably was one of our worst for the year.”

Having wrapped up the minor premiership last week, Diggers are now scoping their finals rivals.

Mecano Cup winners Across The Waves have certainly pressed their case, while Brothers, Bingera and Moore Park also waiting in the wings for their chance to bring down the favourites.

“I think Waves will be tough. They’ve got such good depth and are in some sort of form after (their) Mecano (victory).”

Having said that, Darlington said their early exit from the knockout competition was probably a blessing in disguise.

“The amount of catch up games they play now will take their toll. It’s going to be tough for them, meanwhile we’re in a pretty good place.”

They have a week off now, and will hope injured skipper Andrew Stout returns to the training paddock in the meantime.

He has missed six weeks with a hamstring tear and the yellow and green will only get stronger with his return.

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